Photo of the Day: Minding Rituals

108 bronze bowls surround the giant Reclining Buddha statue in Wat Pho temple in Bangkok. These bowls represent the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha. The visitors drop coins into these bowls one by one, praying for good fortune and helping the monks maintain the temple in the process.

Geology of Memory

I spent my 26th birthday last May 3 inside two major caves in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. In the morning, my friend Girlie and I explored Ugong Rock Cave to go spelunking. That one was actually a pleasant surprise because I didn’t know it would be part of my itinerary for the Underground River tour. I…

Photo of the Day: Un-Rain

Question: Is rain still rain if the water stops dropping? If you were to suddenly gain the power to freeze time, ala-Piper from the ’90s show Charmed, and suspend the water in mid-air at will, then rain stops being rain because its definition depends on the act of falling, right? I think this photo is…

Janusz Prud’s Bicycle Ride Against HIV

Yes, priests can be badass. Exhibit A: Janusz “Dimpo” Prud, a Polish priest who organized a two-week bicycle ride across Botswana, Africa to raise funds for orphanages with children suffering from HIV/AIDS. Talk about travelling for a cause! Dimpo didn’t know what was in store for him when he first arrived in Botswana in 1995.…

When clean toilets grant happiness

In the book The Geography of Bliss, journalist Eric Weiner heavily implies that one of the reasons Switzerland is one of the happiest places in the world is that it has clean public toilets. Everywhere you go, from the restaurants to the train stations, you will find that the comfort rooms are so clean that you…